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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BART "Brightening Crews" Clean the Most Disgusting Corners of BART

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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After reading this blog post, you should have a whole new appreciation for your medium-paying, boring cubicle job. 

Earlier this summer, BART signed off on a nice chunk of cash to hire an extra cleaning crew, dedicated to removing puke, gum, food, and other truly disgusting scenes from the stairs and entrances at various BART stations. The "brightening crews" as they've been called, started their new gig this month.

Have you noticed?
According to BART, passengers "love the way it smells" after the brightening teams tackle the stairs and entrances, which traditionally have a distinctly unwelcoming aroma.

For now, the cleaning teams are rotating among downtown San Francisco stations as well as a few stations in Oakland and Berkeley. "The brightening crew moves around from station to station starting in the mornings, when they sometimes have to clean up waste left behind by overnight partiers or sleepers," according to BART.

That explains the Haz-mat-looking suit.

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Of course, all the cleaning isn't left up to the "brightening crew." They're a supplement to the overnight deep-cleaning crews that scrub the stations down when trains are out of service and dirty passengers are home asleep. That's in addition to the regular cleaning staff who work all hours of the day, picking up after you.

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In any event, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what tax dollars not being wasted looks like. 
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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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